Re-Blooming Iris Care: How To Get Fall Flowers

by High Country Gardens

Re-Blooming Bearded Iris- Collection of Three
Pure as Gold | Immortality | Final Episode Reblooming Bearded Iris varieties

The big news about Bearded Iris has been the development of reblooming Bearded Iris varieties. Now gardeners can enjoy a late spring splash of color and look forward to a second flush of flowers in early to mid-fall.

Just be sure to 'deadhead' the faded flower spikes promptly so the plants will have time to form new flowers later. Reblooming Iris are heavy feeders and benefit from a light topdressing of compost and Yum Yum Mix applied just after "deadheading" the plants. Scratch in the compost/Yum Yum Mix lightly and water thoroughly to melt the nutrients into the soil.

Reblooming Bearded Iris Varieties

'Pure as Gold' - the stunning color of this award winning golden yellow Iris comes two times per season. Reported to be one of the most reliably reblooming varieties, 'Pure as Gold' is a medium-tall plant (30 - 33 in.) with large, ruffled flowers.

'Immortality' - big, pure white flowers with yellow whiskers on the falls make this reblooming Iris a garden standout. Fragrant flowers are held on medium tall (26 - 28 in.) flower spikes.

'Final Episode' - a reblooming bi-colored variety, the flowers have light yellow standard petals sitting on top of violet-shading-to-blue falls. A robust grower, 'Final Episode' is tall, blooming at a height of 34 -35 in.

Re-Blooming Bearded Iris
Ziggy| Ragtop | Stellar Lights Reblooming Bearded Iris varieties

'Ziggy' - this reblooming variety has yellow (with a touch of tan) standard petals held over streaked white and purple falls. Lightly fragrant, 'Ziggy' blooms at a height of 28-29 in.

'Ragtop' - a beautiful bi-color variety with white standard petals on top of deep blue falls, the orange-red "beard" stands out like a beacon. A tall rebloomer, 'Ragtop' has 36 in. tall flower spikes.

'Stellar Lights' - the flowers of this stunning blue-purple reblooming variety are marked with eye-catching white whiskers as the center of the fall petals. 'Stellar Lights' is a tall Iris blooming at a height of 35 - 36" inches.

  1. Bearded Iris pallida Variegata Gold

    Iris pallida 'Variegata Gold is a highly prized Bearded Iris grown for its fragrant, violet-blue flowers and striking tri-colored foliage, striped with ribbons of green, white and cr...

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    Iris pallida 'Variegata Gold is a highly prized Bearded Iris grown for its fragrant, violet-blue flowers and striking tri-colored foliage, striped with ribbons of green, white and creamy yellow. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  2. Reblooming Bearded Iris Immortality

    Immortality Reblooming Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Immortality) is a vigorous reblooming Iris with delicately ruffled, pure-white blooms with lemon-yellow beards. Blooms in late spr...

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    Immortality Reblooming Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Immortality) is a vigorous reblooming Iris with delicately ruffled, pure-white blooms with lemon-yellow beards. Blooms in late spring and again in late summer/fall. Fragrant.
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  3. Reblooming Bearded Iris Stellar Lights

    Stellar Lights Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Stellar Lights) has deep blue-violet petals with a flash of white at the beard and throat are like starlight in a summer sky. Bearded Iris...

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    Stellar Lights Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Stellar Lights) has deep blue-violet petals with a flash of white at the beard and throat are like starlight in a summer sky. Bearded Iris Stellar Lights is a reliable rebloomer, blooming first in early summer and then again in late summer. This tall Bearded Iris stands at 33-38" tall on sturdy stems bearing 8-10 buds each. It will find a happy home in a sunny to partial shade (in warmer zones) location with well-drained soil. The A vigorous grower and prolific bloomer, Stellar Lights combines beautifully with other Bearded Iris.
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  4. Iris germanica Sugar Blues

    Sugar Blues Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming iris with wisteria-blue petals and a sweet fragrance. 36-38”, this reblooming tall iris will bloom in late spring and agai...

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    Sugar Blues Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming iris with wisteria-blue petals and a sweet fragrance. 36-38”, this reblooming tall iris will bloom in late spring and again in late summer/fall. Deer resistant, drought resistant, very cold hardy.
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  5. Infrared Bearded Iris, Iris germanica Infrared

    Infrared Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Infrared) wakes up our senses with its deep red, velvety ruffled petals. Highlighted by a bright yellow beard, it’s often hailed as the best ...

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    Infrared Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Infrared) wakes up our senses with its deep red, velvety ruffled petals. Highlighted by a bright yellow beard, it’s often hailed as the best “red’” Iris you can find. Infrared is a great addition to the mid-May garden, harmonizing nicely with the blues, purples, and yellows of spring.
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  6. Reblooming Bearded Iris Pure As Gold

    Pure as Gold Re-Blooming Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Pure as Gold) crowns the garden with rich golden-yellow ruffled flowers and sword-shaped green foliage. Standing tall, at 30-33"...

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    Pure as Gold Re-Blooming Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Pure as Gold) crowns the garden with rich golden-yellow ruffled flowers and sword-shaped green foliage. Standing tall, at 30-33" tall, the deep hues of gold cast their aura over the mid-to-late spring garden. A profuse bloomer, it will reliably re-bloom in early fall when happy. Easy to grow, plant Pure as Gold Iris along a tall border or where it can light up a ‘ho-hum’ spot with its spectacular blooms.
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  7. Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection

    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated go...

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    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated gold, violet, blue, and red hues give you creative freedom in your garden design. Bumblebees love the long-lasting blooms. Plant for an easy-care waterwise flower bed, or extend the bloom season in any garden. Collection of 5 plants. (Iris germanica)
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  8. Florentine Silk Bearded Iris

    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards a...

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    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards and throat are the perfect complement to this award-winning flower. An outstanding cultivar, with huge 6-8 inch flowers, it’s a perfect choice for the perennial bed. A deer resistant pollinator favorite.
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Other Iris Varieties To Include In Your Garden

Iris reticulata (Miniature Specie Iris).

These are bulb-type Iris planted in the fall of the year. They are miniatures, blooming at a height of 4 to 6 inches in early to mid-spring. When happy in their garden beds (areas with well drained, sandy to clay-loam soils), they are good naturalizing bulbs, gently increasing their numbers with each passing year.

Irisa Reticulata or Minature Iris in bloom
Example of an Minature Iris (Iris reticulata Dark Blue)

I always recommend them as Crocus companions as both of these cold hardy bulbs bloom at the same time and provide gorgeous complementary colors. For folks with buffalo grass and blue grama grass lawns, Iris reticulata and Crocus are outstanding when planted into the native grass to give your yard an early blast of color in the dormant lawn.

Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)

Native to Europe and central Asia, these vigorous, moisture-loving Iris have long been a favorite of North American gardeners. Blooming in late spring, the plants form dense clumps of thin leaves and grow best in moist (but not flooded) soil conditions and are often used around ponds, alongside ditches and other low, moist areas of the landscape.

Planted as rhizomes during the non-winter months, position them in full to partial sun. These are long-lived, very cold hardy plants that best used in cooler, moister climates and are not recommended for the Southwestern US.

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With Reblooming Bearded Iris varieties, gardeners can enjoy a late spring splash of color, and look forward to a second flush of flowers in early to mid-fall! Learn how to care for your plants for the best chance of a second bloom.

  • To see the second bloom, the conditions must be right, with full sun and rich, well-draining soil conditions. Bearded Iris prefer at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. In hot climates (zones 8-11), they will tolerate 4-6 hours of sun, and may need some shade during the day.
  • Bearded Iris rhizomes prefer shallow cultivation, with the top of the rhizome above ground. They grow especially well on slopes or in raised beds. 
  • In climates with cold winters, you may see limited fall blooming. 
  • Reblooming Bearded Iris are heavy feeders, requiring more water and fertilizer for the extra boost to flower again.
  • Be sure to deadhead faded flower spikes promptly after the first bloom, so plants will have time to form new flowers.
  • Reblooming Iris are heavy feeders and benefit from a light topdressing of compost and Yum Yum Mix applied just after "deadheading" the plants. Scratch in the compost/Yum Yum Mix lightly and water thoroughly to melt the nutrients into the soil. To avoid burning rhizomes, apply around but not directly on them.

Reblooming Bearded Iris Varieties

'Sugar Blues' Reblooming Bearded Iris - wisteria-blue petals and a sweet fragrance. 36-38”, this reblooming tall iris will bloom in late spring and again in late summer/fall. Deer resistant, drought resistant, very cold hardy.

'Immortality' Reblooming Bearded Iris - big, pure white flowers with yellow whiskers on the falls make this reblooming Iris a garden standout. Fragrant flowers are held on medium tall (26 - 28 in.) flower spikes.

'Final Episode' Reblooming Bearded Iris - a reblooming bi-colored variety, the flowers have light yellow standard petals sitting on top of violet-shading-to-blue falls. A robust grower, 'Final Episode' is tall, blooming at a height of 34 -35 in.

'Ziggy' Reblooming Bearded Iris - this reblooming variety has yellow (with a touch of tan) standard petals held over streaked white and purple falls. Lightly fragrant, 'Ziggy' blooms at a height of 28-29 in.

'Stellar Lights' Reblooming Bearded Iris - the flowers of this stunning blue-purple reblooming variety are marked with eye-catching white whiskers as the center of the fall petals. 'Stellar Lights' is a tall Iris blooming at a height of 35 - 36" inches.

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  1. Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection

    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated go...

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    Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Collection
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    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated gold, violet, blue, and red hues give you creative freedom in your garden design. Bumblebees love the long-lasting blooms. Plant for an easy-care waterwise flower bed, or extend the bloom season in any garden. Collection of 5 plants. (Iris germanica)
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  2. Reblooming Bearded Iris Stellar Lights

    Stellar Lights Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Stellar Lights) has deep blue-violet petals with a flash of white at the beard and throat are like starlight in a summer sky. Bearded Iris...

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    Stellar Lights Reblooming Bearded Iris Stellar Lights Reblooming Bearded Iris Iris germanica Stellar Lights
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    Stellar Lights Bearded Iris (Iris germanica Stellar Lights) has deep blue-violet petals with a flash of white at the beard and throat are like starlight in a summer sky. Bearded Iris Stellar Lights is a reliable rebloomer, blooming first in early summer and then again in late summer. This tall Bearded Iris stands at 33-38" tall on sturdy stems bearing 8-10 buds each. It will find a happy home in a sunny to partial shade (in warmer zones) location with well-drained soil. The A vigorous grower and prolific bloomer, Stellar Lights combines beautifully with other Bearded Iris.
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  3. Reblooming Bearded Iris Final Episode

    Final Episode Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming Iris that will first bloom in mid-spring and will repeat its performance again later in the summer. Ruffled lemony yellow ...

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    Final Episode Reblooming Bearded Iris Final Episode Reblooming Bearded Iris Iris germanica Final Episode
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    Final Episode Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming Iris that will first bloom in mid-spring and will repeat its performance again later in the summer. Ruffled lemony yellow standards wave gaily over violet falls brushed with a reddish glaze. Standing tall at 32-37", this Iris germanica Final Episode is a stately plant that makes a perfect backdrop to a perennial border. We love the friends they keep too – pollinator friendly, but deer and rodents stay away. What’s not to like? Zones 4-9.
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  4. Iris germanica Sugar Blues

    Sugar Blues Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming iris with wisteria-blue petals and a sweet fragrance. 36-38”, this reblooming tall iris will bloom in late spring and agai...

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    Sugar Blues Reblooming Bearded Iris Sugar Blues Reblooming Bearded Iris Iris germanica Sugar Blues
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    Sugar Blues Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming iris with wisteria-blue petals and a sweet fragrance. 36-38”, this reblooming tall iris will bloom in late spring and again in late summer/fall. Deer resistant, drought resistant, very cold hardy.
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